The Ultimate List of Math Facts Memory Tools

The Ultimate List of Math Facts Memory Tools! Times Tales - This is one of our personal favorites. This DVD and book use simple stories to help children memorize multiplication facts. We used it and loved it. Read more about how we used it with our oldest son a couple of years ago. They also have a small group program that would be perfect for use in a homeschool co-op.

Brainetics: Breakthrough Math and Memory System – This is a more advanced system for students who already know their multiplication and division facts. This DVD series aims to give students techniques for doing higher level math problems in their heads and giving them math shortcuts.

Math Facts Made Easy – This is an inexpensive Kindle book designed to help your kids learn their math facts without the use of flashcards, but through using visualization techniques for memory.

Two Plus Two is Not Five - This is a book of strategies and practice worksheets for memorizing addition and subtraction facts.

Math Games in a Bag - This is a book of 33 instructions for math games to reinforce math skills and help kids develop positive attitude toward math.

Math in a Flash - These flashcards for additionsubtractionmultiplication, and division are durable and color coded by number family.

Memory Triggers - This is a book of fun mnemonic approaches to memorizing math terms like sum, numerator, denominator, factor, product, and more.

Timez Attack – This is an online game that kids will enjoy (or at least my oldest son did) that helps drill addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts.

Classical Math to Classical Music - Math facts set to classical music: additionsubtractionmultiplication, and division

Math Unplugged - 4 CDs and resource books supporting the Common Core Curriculum for Mathematics: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Audio Memory Math CDs - These 4 CDs from Audio Memory contain addition, subtraction, multiplication, division songs. Also available are optional workbooks and songbooks. These resources help you learn math facts put to music.

Skip Counting Cards - These are free printable cards for learning skip counting from HomeschoolCreations.com.

Classically Catholic Memory - This is a four-year memory program for Catholic children, which includes memory work for skip counting, geometric formulas, and conversion formulas. This is not just a math program, but also encompasses other subjects like geography, history, latin, and religion.

Living Memory: A Classical Memory Work Companion - This 452-page K-12 resource book by Andrew A. Campbell includes suggestions on how to do memory work utilizing basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Included are ideas for memorizing addition and subtraction fact families, multiplication tables, Euclid’s definitions, and area and volume formulas.

X-tra Math – I liken this free online program to digital flashcards. This is a program we’ve used in our home, you can read more about our experience with x-tra math here.

Learning Wrap-Ups - Wrap-ups are hand-held games the help to reinforce memory core subject facts. Available are individual wrap-up kits for learning addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, rap CDs, 10-Day Mastery kits, and pre-algebra kits.

Rock n’ Learn – This is addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts set to a snappy beat. These DVD’s are available in both “rock” and “rap.”

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Comments

  1. Awesome! I get frustrated because my daughter is learning her facts very well in school. It seems that they are not focusing on that at all anymore. I still think she needs some real, honest-to-goodness, concentrated drill time!

    • Trisha Gilkerson says:

      I have really appreciated xtramath.org for this reason! (best of all, it’s free!)

    • Trisha Gilkerson says:

      Unfortunately a lot of schools are downplaying the importance of rote memorization. It’s a pity. Not only are elementary-age kids more capable of rote memorization, it also positions them for better critical thinking in the future.

  2. StephanieB says:

    How does rote memorization help with critical thinking? The bigger misconception is that drills and memorizing will help them in the long run. If kids have no conceptual understanding of what they are “memorizing” than they will never be able to remember it. It has to make sense and they have to be able to figure it out without a trick in order for it to last in the archives of their brains. Look up brain research on 40 day vs 40 year learning, or better yet, think back to 8th grade math. Do you remember everything you were asked to memorize (formula for the volume of a cone, Pythagorean Theorem and how to use it, etc.)? Rote is not the way to go, they need to understand it! That is what builds good problem solvers!, Just my 2 cents!

    • Luke Gilkerson says:

      I generally agree. While, of course, anyone can remember things from rote memorization from their childhood, it is far more likely to stick if there is critical analysis of those facts. This is foundational to classical education. Early years are typically spent in rote memorization of facts, but the years of dialectic and rhetoric are what enable a child to put the pieces together and begin to think critically. But it is early rote memory that forms a good foundation for critical analysis.

      It’s like with learning a foreign language: you can’t avoid that early on, much of the language is simply rote memorization of vocabulary, syntax, and grammar. But it is when a child is really immersed in the language and begins to translate on his/her own that the language comes alive to them. The early stage of rote memory is critical to that.

      We covered some of this in our webinar. We talks some about Dr. Norm Doidge’s research on the importance of rote memory when it comes to language development and auditory memory power.

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